capsicum fight free radicals, boost the immune system and also have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body. One carotenoid in particular – beta-carotene – is use by the body to make vitamin A, which is critical for good eyesight, bone strength and skin health among other things.
Also known as ‘Bell Peppers’ since the shape is in general of a bell, cylindrical with a shiny skin and fleshy texture from inside.
They contain ‘Capsaicin’ a lipophilic chemical that leaves a pungent effect of ‘spiciness’ on your tongue.
Capsicums are seed pods. They can be red, green, yellow, orange, white, purple-brown and lime green. Green and red come from the same plant, however yellow, orange, white and purple are different varieties. Red, orange, yellow and green capsicums are readily available. White, purple-brown and lime green capsicums have a more limited supply. Capsicums are sweet and juicy with a mild spicy flavour. Red capsicums, being riper, are sweeter than green capsicums. Shape also varies with each variety, from the more commonly found blocky shape to a pointy capsicum. Miniature varieties are sometimes available.